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I have a Google News Alert set up so that I get an email whenever Google finds a news item about the area where I live.

Yesterday I got an email that rather shocked me. It mentioned two men being shot in the head just round the corner from where I live. I was shocked that it had happened, but also surprised that I didn’t know anything about it.

Further investigation (i.e. reading the story that the email linked to) revealed that this had taken place in 1994. It was only in the news now because the family of one of the men had offered a reward for more information about the shooting.

Obviously it’s still a shocking crime, but it explains why I hadn’t noticed the police crawling all over the area in the last few days.

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